While Italy doesn’t have the prestige of some of its European neighbours, it’s a friendly, inexpensive place to ski. You’ll enjoy a wide range of resorts, many of which have large, uncrowded ski areas, and you’ll often find a varied terrain, which means both beginners and advanced skiers will feel at home. Many of Italy’s ski resorts are year round destinations, so they aren’t necessarily just aimed at skiers, which is ideal for mixed groups. Here are a few suggestions for ski holidays in Italy.
Corvara and Colfosco
If you’re looking to book your first ski trip and want to get in lots of practice, or are travelling as a family group, then Corvara and Colfosco is the perfect destination. It’s a quiet resort with gentle slopes, and also has decent pistes for intermediate skiers who are looking to improve.
Corvara and Colfosco are small, quaint towns, with a traditional Italian feel. Although you won’t find chalets in the area, there’s a decent selection of hotels and apartments to suit all budgets. The family run Hotel Table has 3.5 stars, and offers comfortable rooms in a rustic style. Offering half board accommodation, the hotel is just a 4-minute walk from the piste, and has a small spa for relaxing. Those seeking luxury will love slopeside Sporthotel Panorama which has 4.5 stars. Just 150 metres from the piste in Corvara, it has two restaurants, a choice of bars, and is family friendly.
This area isn’t for those who want to party until dawn, but the après ski scene is friendly and low key, with a nice choice of bars. The Italian restaurants in both towns allow you to enjoy authentic, local cuisine, and non-skiers will enjoy the ice rink and indoor tennis courts.
La Villa is a resort for the serious skier, and this small, quiet village is surrounded by some fantastic intermediate and advanced runs. If you want to get some serious time on the red and black runs of Sella Ronda ski circuit, and want a peaceful, relaxing ski holiday without a crazy après scene, then La Villa is a well-kept secret.
Chalet Hotel Al Pigher is a great place to stay in La Villa, where you can book individual rooms, or rent the entire place for up to 42 people. With a team of chefs and hosts on hand to take care of all your needs, your group can simply focus on spending time on the pistes. There’s a residents bar for socialising in the evening, and spa with sauna where you can unwind.
One of the driest ski resorts in Italy, Cervinia has excellent snow reliability, and the well-groomed pistes can be enjoyed from December until late April. One lift pass gives you access to 160km of ski runs, including a single piste of 13km which is among the longest in the world.
Cervinia is popular with British tourists, and has a more modern look than other Italian ski resorts. There’s a wide choice of hotels, from budget hotels in town, to slopeside luxury resorts. Those who are looking for comfort and an affordable rate might like the 2-star Hotel Serenella. In the heart of the town, it’s close to loads of bars and restaurants, yet only 100m from the piste. Groups are welcomed at this hotel, and will love the convenient location and clean, simple rooms. The 4-star Hotel Cervinia is ideal for those who want luxury and views, and with kids clubs for ages four and up, it’s popular with families.
Beginners and intermediates will love Cervinia, but advanced skiers will find it lacks challenges. There’s a lively après ski scene, with mountainside bars and cosy pubs in the village, with some places opening until the early hours. The resort has a huge number of restaurants, including lots of authentic Italian places, and it’s generally an affordable place to eat out.
Close to the Swiss border, Livigno is an affordable destination with variable terrain, and lots of challenges for beginner and intermediate skiers. It’s a popular spot for snowboarders, with a challenging terrain park and lots of features such as rails and tabletops where you can practice your tricks.
Livigno feels quite isolated, taking about three hours from Innsbruck to get there, but this means it’s a well-kept secret among skiers. It’s also one of the cheapest ski resorts in Italy, with no VAT and lots of cheap places to eat and drink. It’s an excellent resort for families, with ski schools that cater for the youngest skiers, and many hotels and apartments that have kids clubs or in-house childcare.
If you are travelling with kids, then staying in accommodation such as Francescato Apartments gives you more space than a hotel room. These 3-star apartments have one or two bedrooms, and you’re just 70 metres from the ski lifts so you can get an early start. If you want luxury, then the Lac Salin Spa & Mountain Resort offers 4.5 stars, and has upmarket facilities such as a spa, steam bath, humidor, and even its own wine cellar. You can even book an in-room babysitter and head off for some après ski, and there’s a lively scene from mountainside bars to busy clubs.